On Jan. 27, John Deere announced that it will pledge one million dollars annually over the next five years to assist the initiatives of the National Future Farmers of America Foundation. The FFA, which has been in existence since 1944, is dedicated to promoting the future of agriculture.
John Deere has worked with the National FFA Foundation for more than 72 years. Together, they have been focusing on making a positive impact on the lives of students through the promotion of agricultural education.
"John Deere has been a deeply loyal and generous partner of FFA for many years," said Molly Ball, president of the National FFA Foundation. "The announcement of this continued commitment with this multi-year gift speaks volumes to their dedication to the future of agriculture and FFA. Through gifts like this, we are able to continue to pursue our mission and strengthen the future leaders of agriculture and agricultural education."
Since 1947, five John Deere representatives have served on the National FFA Foundation Sponsors’ Board Chair. Deere’s contributions have led to the launches of career development events, agri-science fairs and leadership conferences.
“John Deere is privileged to partner with such an esteemed and valuable organization as FFA,” said Amy Allen, manager of National Corporate Contributions for John Deere. “We look forward to continuing our partnership and shared commitment to tomorrow’s Ag leaders.”
There are 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S. These groups provide agricultural education and training to more than 629,000 student members.